040522HAO00356MARYVILLE – To enhance destinations for residents and visitors along the Illinois border of the Mississippi River, State Senator Rachelle Aud Crowe (D-Glen Carbon) secured $10 million in state investments to improve the region’s infrastructure, outdoor recreation opportunities and interpretive sites.

“Illinois’ Riverbend Region is an economic driver for tourism development throughout the Metro East,” Crowe said. “With this state investment, we can attract visitors to the area to learn about our rich history while also enjoying time with their loved ones, eating at our restaurants, shopping in our small businesses and utilizing our local lodging.”

Thanks to advocacy from Sen. Crowe, the Great Rivers National Scenic Byway is appropriated $10 million in the Fiscal Year 2023 state budget for a grant within the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity. With the funds, the Great Rivers & Routes Tourism Bureau has plans to expand attraction efforts with projects slated to improve Piasa Park, construct an activity center in Downtown Alton, complete the Port of Alton, upgrade public access points along the riverfront and develop areas near the Lewis and Clark State Historic Site in Hartford.

Read more: Crowe secures $10 million for tourism development in Metro East

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pexels kindel media 7054754MARYVILLE – Working families and teachers will see lower back-to-school shopping costs this fall, thanks to a new law supported by State Senator Rachelle Crowe (D-Glen Carbon).

“As a nod to our working parents, guardians and teachers in Illinois, lowering the tax rate on school supplies removes a burden when preparing for the academic year,” Crowe said. “It is my hope that by instituting a tax holiday, we can help relieve families and educators of some financial costs in order to prepare students for the upcoming school year.”

The law lowers the state tax rate on clothes and school supplies from 6.25% down to 1.25% for 10 days from Aug. 5 to Aug. 14, 2022.

Read more: Crowe: Illinois to implement 10-day back-to-school shopping tax holiday this fall

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040922CM4022MARYVILLE – Southern Illinois University in Edwardsville was awarded a $50,000 Broadband READY grant, and State Senator Rachelle Aud Crowe (D-Glen Carbon) welcomes the state investment in broadband expansion opportunities in the Metro East.

“SIUE leads the Metro East region in broadband expansion opportunities,” Crowe said. “The Broadband READY grant will bring regions lacking in broadband support the resources to expand connection and help provide affordable, high-quality internet in every home.”

Funded through the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity, the Regional Engagement for Adoption + Digital Equity, or READY, program will support five regional entities with efforts to plan, research, and collect data as they work to eliminate the digital divide.

Read more: Crowe: SIUE leads the Metro East region in broadband expansion opportunities

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Crowe ShredEvent FlyerMARYVILLE – To provide Metro East residents with a secure option to shred documents containing personal information, State Senator Rachelle Crowe (D-Glen Carbon), State Rep. Katie Stuart (D-Edwardsville) and State Rep. Jay Hoffman (D-Swansea) are hosting an event in Granite City offering free shredding services.

Shred trucks will be available at Granite City High School, located at 3101 Madison Ave., from 9 a.m. until noon on Saturday, April 23.

“A proactive way to protect yourself and your family from identity fraud is to securely destroy vulnerable documents,” Crowe said. “Take advantage of this free community shred event to safely dispose of documents with personal information, which can protect you, your loved ones or your business against fraud.”

Examples of documents with personally identifiable information that should be safely discarded include bank statements, outdated medical records, tax returns, utility bills, junk mail, credit card applications and receipts. No electronics will be accepted at this event.

For more information, residents are encouraged to call Crowe’s office at 618-251-9840.

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District Offices
35 Executive Plaza Court
Maryville, IL 62062
(618) 251-9840 P

111 N. Wood River Ave., Suite A
Wood River, IL 62095
(By appointment only)
(618) 251-9840 P

Springfield Office
311B Capitol Building
Springfield, IL 62706
(217) 782-5247 P

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